Margaret Tedford

PhD candidate 2013-2016, DEL themed studentship on ‘Geography and Identity in Anglo-Saxon England’

Supervisors: Dr Marilina Cesario (English) and Dr Keith Lilley (Geography)


My thesis investigates the concept of ‘mapping’ in Anglo-Saxon England, and how it relates to the conception of ‘geography’ in the period.  As there is only one extant mappa mundi from England during this period, it can easily be assumed that ‘maps’ as we might understand it today were extremely unusual, thus the study of mapping in Anglo-Saxon England would quickly reach a dead end.  However, building upon current theories of maps as practices of spatial imagination, my aim in this thesis is to build upon the work of scholars such as Nicholas Howe to explore how textual narratives can be seen as performing a similar function as a visual map.

I also have other interests in the wider field of Anglo-Saxon studies, including the transmission of knowledge, poetic depictions of landscape, and the relationship between material culture and literature.  Furthermore, I have research interests in Old Norse literature (particularly wisdom poetry), historiography and digital humanities.

Conference Papers:

Of Barrows, Graves, and Earthcaves: Subterranean Environments in Old English Literature. Subterranean conference, University of York, 17-18 May 2014.

‘Testing the Powers’: Wisdom, Knowledge and the Dynamics of Power in the Old Norse Poetic Edda. Borderlines XVIII, University College Cork, 4-6 April 2014.

Articulating Historical Space: Negotiating Space and Time in Old English Texts. TOEBI Annual Conference, Queen’s University Belfast, 26 October 2013.

“Enta geweorc”: Locating Memory in Landscape in Anglo-Saxon Poetry.  Borderlines XVII, Trinity College Dublin, 19-21 April 2013.

“Lagucræftig mon”: Representations of the Skill of Seafaring in Old English Literature.  Oxford Medieval Graduate Conference, 4-5 April 2013.

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